four components that made Simply Like Heaven music competition, nicely, heaven in Lengthy Seashore – Lengthy Seashore Press Telegram

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Simply Like Heaven introduced two days of indie and various rock bliss to music followers on the Queen Mary Occasions Park in Lengthy Seashore on Friday, Might three, and Saturday, Might four.

In contrast to different festivals, the back-to-back days had been truly twin editions, relatively than a multi-day competition. Tickets bought out for Saturday’s occasion so rapidly that competition producer Goldenvoice added a second day with the identical lineup, which included Phoenix, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Seashore Home, MGMT and the Rapture, for Friday.

Listed here are the highlights from Simply Like Heaven:

The vibe

these actually enjoyable yard events the place little globe lights are strung up overhead and everyone seems to be chill though there are a ton of individuals there? That’s the easiest way to explain Simply Like Heaven, with a terrific soundtrack.

Saturday’s fest bought out of its 15,000 tickets (and Friday was just a few shy), however with two phases, named Like a Dream and Unusual as Angels in a nod to the Treatment music from which the competition took its title, transferring round to catch the fixed music was fairly seamless, particularly with an underground tunnel painted to appear like the competition’s cartoon space-themed poster.

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There have been numerous 30-and-40-somethings who used to go to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Competition (you possibly can spot them with the classic Coachella hoodies and T-shirts within the crowd), the place the overwhelming majority of the bands on the lineup have performed, however there have been loads of individuals a decade youthful watching, too. And it wasn’t inundated with Instagram influencers.

Thomas Mars of the band Phoenix performs on the Dream stage on the Simply Like Heaven music competition in Lengthy Seashore on Friday, Might three, 2019. (Photograph by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

Todd Baechle of The Faint performs on the Angels stage on the Simply Like Heaven music competition in Lengthy Seashore on Friday, Might three, 2019. (Photograph by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

The Rapture performs on the Angels stage on the Simply Like Heaven music competition in Lengthy Seashore on Friday, Might three, 2019. (Photograph by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

Sound

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The Faint performs on the Angels stage on the Simply Like Heaven music competition on the Queen Mary Occasions Park in Lengthy Seashore on Friday, Might three, 2019. (Photograph by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

Thomas Mars of the band Phoenix performs on the Dream stage on the Simply Like Heaven music competition in Lengthy Seashore on Friday, Might three, 2019. (Photograph by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

Followers of The Faint dance throughout their efficiency on the Angels stage on the Simply Like Heaven music competition in Lengthy Seashore on Friday, Might three, 2019. (Photograph by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

Thomas Hedlund of the band Phoenix performs on the Dream stage on the Simply Like Heaven music competition in Lengthy Seashore on Friday, Might three, 2019. (Photograph by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

Michael Angelakos of Ardour Pit performs on the Dream stage on the Simply Like Heaven music competition in Lengthy Seashore on Friday, Might three, 2019. (Photograph by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

The band Phoenix headlines the Simply Like Heaven music competition in Lengthy Seashore on Friday, Might three, 2019. (Photograph by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

Followers of The Rapture dance throughout their efficiency on the Angels stage on the Simply Like Heaven music competition on the Queen Mary Occasions Park in Lengthy Seashore on Friday, Might three, 2019. (Photograph by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

Thomas Mars of the band Phoenix headlines the Simply Like Heaven music competition on the Queen Mary Occasions Park in Lengthy Seashore on Friday, Might three, 2019. (Photograph by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

Alaina Moore of Tennis performs on the Angels stage on the Simply Like Heaven music competition in Lengthy Seashore on Friday, Might three, 2019. (Photograph by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

Michael Angelakos of Ardour Pit performs on the Dream stage on the Simply Like Heaven music competition in Lengthy Seashore on Friday, Might three, 2019. (Photograph by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

Miami Horror performs on the Angels stage on the Simply Like Heaven music competition in Lengthy Seashore on Friday, Might three, 2019. (Photograph by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

Followers of Neon Indian dance throughout his efficiency on the Angels stage on the Simply Like Heaven music competition in Lengthy Seashore on Friday, Might three, 2019. (Photograph by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

Victoria Legrand of Seashore Home performs on the Angels stage in the course of the Simply Like Heaven music competition on the Queen Mary Occasions Park in Lengthy Seashore on Friday, Might three, 2019. (Photograph by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

Alan Palomo of Neon Indian performs on the Angels stage on the Simply Like Heaven music competition on the Queen Mary Occasions Park in Lengthy Seashore on Friday, Might three, 2019. (Photograph by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

Luke Jenner of The Rapture smiles throughout his efficiency on the Angels stage on the Simply Like Heaven music competition in Lengthy Seashore on Friday, Might three, 2019. (Photograph by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

Luke Jenner of The Rapture performs on the Angels stage on the Simply Like Heaven music competition in Lengthy Seashore on Friday, Might three, 2019. (Photograph by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

Todd Baechle of The Faint performs on the Angels stage on the Simply Like Heaven music competition in Lengthy Seashore on Friday, Might three, 2019. (Photograph by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

André Anjos of RAC performs on the Angels stage on the Simply Like Heaven music competition in Lengthy Seashore on Friday, Might three, 2019. (Photograph by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

She Desires Revenge performs on the Dream stage in the course of the Simply Like Heaven music competition on the Queen Mary Occasions Park in Lengthy Seashore on Friday, Might three, 2019. (Photograph by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

Justin Warfield of She Desires Revenge performs on the Dream stage in the course of the Simply Like Heaven music competition in Lengthy Seashore on Friday, Might three, 2019. (Photograph by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

Michael Angelakos of Ardour Pit performs on the Dream stage in the course of the Simply Like Heaven music competition on the Queen Mary Occasions Park in Lengthy Seashore on Friday, Might three, 2019. (Photograph by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

Edward Droste of Grizzly Bear performs on the Angels stage on the Simply Like Heaven music competition in Lengthy Seashore on Friday, Might three, 2019. (Photograph by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

Seashore Home performs on the Angels stage on the Simply Like Heaven music competition in Lengthy Seashore on Friday, Might three, 2019. (Photograph by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

The music

If you happen to had an iPod crammed with various music within the ’00s, particularly playlists with some dance rock bangers, this was the fest for you.

Phoenix ended the night time with shiny vibes. Its rainbow-colored video manufacturing matched the neon Ferris wheel and rainbow lights that lit up sights within the Lengthy Seashore Skyline. And when the French indie pop rock group launched into “Lisztomania” early in its set, it was an instantaneous injection of pleased, as individuals broke out their greatest carefree arm-flailing dance strikes and sang alongside. The band had nice vitality and delivered a set of hits.

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ entrance girl Karen O was stuffed with vitality in the course of the penultimate set on the bigger Like a Dream stage, however the set meandered a bit of bit, particularly throughout “Gold Lion.” However the band completed robust with a set that included “Maps” and set-ender “Heads Will Roll.”

Simply Like Heaven was solely the second present again for the Rapture, the important New York dance punk band however the sluggish burn early within the set become a dynamite dance get together with the group’s most interesting work, together with “Get Myself Into It,” “Whoo! Alright-Yeah…Uh Huh” and the cowbell-filled “Home of Jealous Lovers.” The band ended with “How Deep Is Your Love,” however restarted it after being a bit off at first. It was a advantageous option to finish the set, reboot and all. Let’s hope they stick round.

Different highlights included a daytime set from The Faint, a darkish dance rock band that was odd to see within the daylight, Ra Ra Riot and MGMT taking part in its hits on the large stage.

Native taste

One of the vital fascinating issues about this venue is that the setting brings a real sense of place. As you enter, you see the hulking Queen Mary dwarfing the individuals strolling by her. The bigger Like a Dream stage was adjoining to the water, the place a few boats pulled as much as catch Phoenix on the finish of the night time. To the suitable, you possibly can see the whole Lengthy Seashore skyline.

On a extra granular stage, the competition took benefit of the wonderful brewery scene in Lengthy Seashore and the close by South Bay, with choose beer cubicles together with pours from native spots Beachwood, Formidable Ales, Smog Metropolis and Liberation. For many who didn’t drink alcohol, Lengthy Seashore’s Wolf’s Brew Espresso had a sales space, too.

Mix that with temperatures within the higher 60s, clear skies and a cool sea breeze and it might be used within the Lengthy Seashore Chamber of Commerce advertising and marketing materials.

Some solutions

One of many solely complaints heard on Friday was concerning the shuttle system. With out parking to accommodate 15,000 or so individuals on-site, the competition urged individuals to take the shuttle from Shoreline Drive. (Extra shuttle routes ran on Saturday from the Metropolis Place parking construction.) However on Friday, competition goers confronted some strains getting on the shuttle (typically stretching upward of 40 minutes).

Even so, many talked on the sector about how they hoped Simply Like Heaven would return for 2020. Among the names that got here up within the discipline and on social media about who ought to play included LCD Soundsystem, Scorching Scorching Warmth and The Postal Service.

The following competition Goldenvoice has booked for the Queen Mary area is the R&B and hip-hop occasion Smokin’ Grooves, with Erykah Badu, Usher, Frequent and extra on June 15.

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